Board blog Neele

Dear Readers,

we have been the official board of SPiN for a few months now and I still can’t quite believe it. The last few months have been very educational, super fun, but also very challenging.

As everyone can imagine, a board year at Covid-19 times is quite different from many previous board years. Instead of face-to-face contact, our board meetings consist mainly of Zoom meetings. I have met many members solely behind the computer, and it is not uncommon that we have to postpone or cancel organised activities altogether. This is not always easy and certainly, we would all like to return to normality. Nevertheless, this board year is also a very special one. It is remarkable how we have grown as a board, have got to know each other better and have become more and more committed to our function. If there is one thing I can say in these uncertain times, it is that I have not been short of laughs over the past few months thanks to these lovely people. Especially now, I am thankful to have a group of people I can approach at any time.

I also find it particularly admirable how much commitment active members show, how they put up with setbacks and always come up with creative online activities. That is not something that can be taken for granted and allows students to experience a little bit of everyday life.  Thanks to this enthusiasm, I felt a bit like I was in a pub or a lecture hall when I was actually sitting in front of the computer in my student room.

And in a final sense, I also feel that I have developed personally over the last few months. I have experienced that it is a pleasure to work in a team with very different characters. We have learned a lot and can continue to learn a lot from each other. I now understand what it’s like to be responsible for the finances of the association and that this also sometimes means getting in the way of the rest of the team. All in all, I don’t regret the decision to do a board year in any way, and for now, I am optimistic about the future and look forward to the challenges ahead. Stay healthy!

Best wishes,